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Hike Fest 2012

May is Tourism Awareness Month. As part of this celebration, the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) is again putting on one of its biggest events of the year, Hike Fest!

This year we will be partnering with the Waitukubuli National Trail, Discover Dominica Authority and various other Hiking committees and Tourism Stakeholders, who will be playing an integral role in Hike Fest 2012. We will be utilizing three sections of the Waitikubuli National Trail and the hikes will take place on:

Hike 1. May 05th, 2012 – Waitukubuli National Trail Segment 5 (River Hike): – Pond Casse to Castle Bruce, ending at Castle Bruce playing field.

This trail nestled within the Morne Trois Pitons World Heritage Site, features the long standing contributions of our indigenous people, the struggles of a resilient people and the value of our forest and water resources.
  • Distance (KM): 12.8
  • Estimated Walking time (hrs): 6
  • Type of hike: Easy, family hike.
  • Areas of interest: Old road (Carib trace), Emerald Pool and Facility, Castle Bruce Swamp, Forest station & nursery, Neg Maron Headquarters, Savanne David, Castle Bruce Village, Jaco Cave, Morne Turner (Morn Neg Maron), Creole Gardens and Spanny Falls (optional)
Hike 2. May 19th, 2012 – Waitukubuli National Trail – Segment 10 and part of 11 (Cross Country Hike): Starting Colihaut Heights and ending in Picard.

While walking this trail, one can learn about our farmers, about our many trees and listen to the merry sound of our birds.
  • Distance (km): 6.4
  • Estimated Walking time (hrs): 4
  • Type of hike: Easy hike, family hike
  • Areas of interest: Morne Diablotin, Secondary forest, Agricultural farming, Parrot habitat, Syndicate Nature Trail & Welcome Center (optional)
Hike 3. May 26th, 2012 – Beach Hike: – Eden by the Sea to Londonderry

Take the trail behind Eden Estate and enjoy the 3½ hour walk along the coast to Cabana Beach (Londonderry Bay). Along this “easy to moderate” route you’ll be amazed by spectacular scenery that you probably never knew existed on Dominica’s north-east coast.
  • Areas of interest: Go discover hidden sand beaches, quiet, cozy bays, fascinating rock formations that jut out into the sea. Take in the breathtaking, panoramic views of Marie Galante and the two islets: Mastle & Noble. Feel the exhilarating Atlantic breeze in your face and listen to the calming sound of the ocean.

Price:

  • EC$40 for 1 hike
  • EC$ 70 for 2 hikes
  • EC$90 for 3 hikes (DHTA Members)
  • EC$100 for 3 hikes (Non-DHTA Members)

Price includes: Transportation, Water and a Hike Fest 2012 t-shirt!

To learn more about hiking and other adventure activities in Dominica, visit http://www.dhta.org/news-a-events/hike-fest

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image from segment for the Waitukubuli National Trail in Dominica

The second hike at this year’s Hike Fest highlighted segment four of the Waitukubuli National Trail (in reverse) – a moderate hike idle for nature lovers.

The 11.7 km hike started at centre of Dominica in an area called Pond Casse (which means Broken Bridge in Creole), and ended at the Laudat recreational Centre.

On this segment of the Waitukubuli National Trail you will travel through the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offers views of several mountains, encounters of natural attractions and reminds us of Dominica’s rugged nature and rich heritage.

Some of the Areas of Interest includes: View of Morn Micotrin, Morn Watt, Morn Jaune, Morn Nichols, Morn Anglais, Morne Trois Piton, and Sulphur Springs.

Nearby Attractions: Boiling Lake, Fresh Water Lake, Middleham Falls, Striking Hole, Chemain Letang Historic Trail, Trafalgar Falls, and Boeri Lake & Trail. Here are some images from along the trail…enjoy!

image from segment for the Waitukubuli National Trail in Dominica

Waitukubuli National Trail in Dominica

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Hikefest 2011: Soufriere Estate to Bellevue Chopin

This year’s Hike Fest started with a Moderate hike (10.8km) from the beautiful village of Soufriere to Bellevue Chopin; which showcases segment two of the Waitukubuli National Trail.

The Soufriere Estate to Bellevue Chopin trail highlights an old slave route, old estates and historic buildings reminds us of Dominica’s history of a plantation society and the era of colonization

Some of the areas of interest on this trail are: Old slave route, Sulphur springs, Traditional living, Palmiste Ridge (optional), Livestock & small agricultural farming, Charcoal production and Historic buildings (Palmiste to Bois Cotlette Route)

Despite the rainy conditions all throughout the hike, it was a beautiful trail, and I will definitely walk the trail again. Here are some few pictures that I was able to take without getting my camera wet….enjoy!

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